Notes from the Editor

From all of us at the Crowley Clan Newsletter, we wish you a very happy 2014.

You will also find New Year's greetings on page one from our Crowley Clan Taoiseach Michael-Patrick Crowley. Michael has some important information about the upcoming celebration of the Battle of Clontarf on April 23, 2014. It was at the Battle of Clontarf that King Brian Boru gave the Crowleys the name of "hardy warrior". We hope that some of you will be able to join in the festivities. If you do, please share you photos of the event with us.

It is also exciting that the date and the location of the 2016 Crowley Clan Gathering have been announced so early. That should give us all some time to make our plans to join in the celebration.

A long time Crowley Clan member, Tom Crowley of Wales, has recently passed away. I first met Tom (Thomas John Crowley) at my first clan gathering in 1994 in Dunmanway. The gatherings were much smaller in those days, and we had the opportunity to get to know all of the attendees.

Tom took an immediate interest in me, as he did in all of the attendees. I told him that I was trying to find the birth place of my great grandfather, and Tom started brainstorming with me. His interest was very inspiring to me.

At every gathering, Tom would attend as the sole contingent from Wales. He was always friendly, cheerful, and a true gentleman. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our condolences go to his family.

I had a chance in this issue to put my investigative skills to practice. Marjo Crowley from California presented me with the task of researching the background of the sailing vessel Crowley which the pirate Blackbeard captured in Charleston Harbor in 1718. What was the history of this ship? Who owned her, and what was she doing in Charleston (which happens to be my home port)? The results are surprising and unsettling. Read all about this interesting story on page 5.

We also had a request from Jack Crowley who lives in Cork City. It is a health related request, and hopefully someone reading this newsletter will be able to give Jack some information. This reminds us that, when we are researching our families, it is important to pay attention to the health histories of our relatives. Is there a disease or condition that seems to run through your family? Noting this information and passing it on to other family members can be helpful and even life saving.

We always enjoy hearing from our readers. We love to publish your stories, questions, and family pictures. Hope to hear from you soon.

Mise le meas,

The Crowley Clan Newsletter is
compiled by Marian Crowley Chamberlain